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Coyotes re-sign goalie Smith to six-year contract

Monday, 07.01.2013 / 5:57 PM / News

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Coyotes re-sign goalie Smith to six-year contract
The Phoenix Coyotes made the re-signing of Mike Smith official Monday, announcing a new six-year contract for their franchise goaltender.

The Phoenix Coyotes made the re-signing of Mike Smith official Monday, announcing a new six-year contract for their franchise goaltender.

Smith, who would have become an unrestricted free agent July 5, reportedly will make approximately $5.67 million per season under his new deal.

"We are pleased to sign Mike to a multiyear contract," general manager Don Maloney said. "Mike has emerged as a top NHL goaltender with his size, athletic ability and strong work ethic. He is capable of leading us to a Stanley Cup championship, the goal of our franchise. This is an important signing for our club."

Smith went 15-12-5 with a 2.58 goals-against average, .910 save percentage and five shutouts in 2012-13. He was 38-18-10 with a 2.21 GAA, .930 save percentage and eight shutouts in 2011-12, when he helped the Coyotes reach the Western Conference Final.

"I'm thrilled to re-sign with the Coyotes," Smith said. "We have a great young team and an excellent coaching staff and management team. I've really enjoyed playing in the Valley the past two seasons and this is where I wanted to stay."

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